Trimita Chakma

Trimita Chakma

Communications and Campaigns Consultant

trimita.chakma@world-psi.org

Trimita Chakma is an independent feminist researcher with over 10 years of experience in campaigning for women’s human rights, six years of work experience in ICTs, and an M.Sc. in IT management from Carnegie Mellon University. She has worked with over 80 grassroots communities across 20 countries in the Asia Pacific, building their capacity in using Feminist Participatory Action Research (FPAR) to influence policies and practices on the issues of labour, migration, land rights, climate justice and trade/economic justice. Besides working as Campaigns and Communications Consultant at Public Services International, she is also pursuing an MA in Asian Women's Studies at Ewha Womans University in South Korea.

This story shows the power of women’s leadership in the collective struggle to protect indigenous workers’ rights in workplaces around Aotearoa / New Zealand. Public Services International (PSI) conducted interviews with three wāhine Māori unionists who have been leaders in Te Rūnanga o Ngā Toa Āwhina, a network of around 10,000 Māori members of the Public Service Association (PSA). Georgina Kerr, Leslie and Marcia Puru tell us about their involvement in the Mana Wāhine wai 2864 claim to challenge discrimination and racism against Māori women in the workplace. They tell us about their work to improve conditions for Māori workers in the public sector, as well as about the more challenging aspects detailing personal experience with discrimination, and how they are using their collective power to create change for future generations.

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